The evil dictator without his characteristic moustache by Lyonlamb
When I tried to find the original photo, I noticed that there were plenty of other online images where famously hairy people (e.g., Salvador Dali, Albert Einstein, etc.) had their whiskers removed to provide a different perspective. Some of them even looked a little like other people. For example, Groucho Marx looked a little more like Bob Saget.
Graucho Marx without his moustache
As a younger man, I would watch Tom Selleck in the TV show, Magnum, P.I. Plenty of people I knew even started growing moustaches to imitate his manly appearance.
Selleck as Magnum, P.I.
When he shaved his moustache, I think it took fans a long time to adjust to his new look.
Facial hair can be co iconic that when you see a photo of a famously whiskered man without his moustache it seems strange. A case in point would be this photo of clean shaven Clark Gable below:
Not exactly the dashing (and mustachioed) Rhett Butler we all associate him with.
Maybe I'm off though and it's all one big trick of the mind. The German hat manufacturer ran the following ad claiming that head attire trumped the moustache:
Hut Weber Advertisement
Chaplin duly considered, I'm afraid that Hitler killed the toothbrush moustache for all time. I know in more recent years, Robert Mugabe tried to bring it back in vogue, but as Mugabe is another pathetic dictator, I'm afraid he's just going to reinforce the stereotype.
Robert Mugabe, not the facial hair trend setter he might imagine